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Coordinator, East Asia Library Technical Services/Chinese Cataloger

Notice of Vacancy February 27, 2018. Applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018.

The Libraries

Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

East Asia Library

The East Asia Library supports the faculty and students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature as well as the following programs and centers in the Jackson School of International Studies: the China Studies Program, Taiwan Studies Program, Japan Studies Program, Korea Studies Program, and Center for Korea Studies. The library is a major resource for international scholars and the local heritage communities. It is a leader among North American East Asia libraries and is known for its outstanding collections, international collaborations, and innovative digital projects. Located in Gowen Hall with a historic reading room and recently refurbished user spaces, the East Asia Library also has a large auxiliary stacks space for growth of its significant collections of over 750,000 volumes on East Asia in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Manchurian, and other languages. See http://www.lib.washington.edu/east-asia/ for further information about the East Asia Library.

The Position

Reporting to the Director of the East Asia Library (EAL), the position coordinates the EAL technical services, which include the acquisition of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) materials; cataloging and metadata for all formats of library materials; CJK serials maintenance, binding, and preservation operations; implementation of institutional practices and national standards; and directing special technical services projects. The position provides original and difficult copy cataloging of Chinese language materials in all formats. As part of the practice of holistic librarianship, the position also actively participates in public and user service activities. The position represents the East Asia Library at the University Libraries’ level in policy discussions and deliberations relating to technical services and serves on the management team of the East Asia Library.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provides oversight and leadership for technical services in the East Asia Library
  • Maintain awareness of and leadership in advancing new developments in bibliographic control, metadata standards, emerging library linked data applications, innovative techniques and tools, as well as best practices for technical services
  • Supervises EAL Technical Services staff
  • Interviews and recommends selection of new section personnel; develops, implements and monitors training; assigns and schedules work; acts upon leave requests; conducts annual performance evaluations; and recommends disciplinary action
  • Coordinates EAL operations with the Libraries technical service policies and practices as a whole, ensuring compliance with applicable standards and institutional practice
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL cataloging services, metadata creation, retrospective conversion, and technical services projects
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL serial services, including cataloging, check in, claiming, relocation, binding, preservation, weeding, and record keeping
  • Provides input for EAL marking operations
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL acquisitions operations and overall EAL statistical compilation
  • Performs original descriptive, subject, and genre/form cataloging and classification of Chinese language materials in all formats using RDA: Resource Description & Access, LC-PCC Policy Statements and Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) guidelines, LC classification, LC subject headings and genre/form terms, and OCLC MARC tagging, including CEAL CJK cataloging best practices
  • Contributes to overall management of the EAL
  • Acts as EAL liaison to the Libraries technical services divisions: Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services; Cataloging and Metadata Services; Preservation Services
  • Coordinates the work of EAL staff with changes and new developments in technical services policies and practices
  • Participates in EAL public and user service activities
  • Participates in library committees and meetings as appropriate, including the Cataloging Policy Committee; responsible for informing EAL staff of committee discussions and deliberations, implementing decisions, and addressing implications for EAL practice and workflow



    • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace
    • Minimum of three years of post-MLS (or equivalent degree) professional librarian experience in original cataloging and/or metadata creation for Chinese language materials
    • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, and other cataloging standards and tools as RDA, LCSH, LCC classification, MARC 21, Dublin Core
    • Demonstrated understanding of linked data principles and knowledge of library linked data initiatives
    • Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control, and bibliographic record maintenance
    • Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication in English and Chinese, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical
    • Demonstrated ability in working in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and creativity are essential
    • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and service


      • In-depth knowledge and experience with RDA
      • Experience using OCLC Connexion
      • Experience with the ExLibris Alma ILS
      • Experience working with digital libraries or institutional repositories
      • Experience supervising various levels of staff
      • Working knowledge and/or cataloging experience in one or more other East Asian languages, i.e. Japanese and/or Korean languages


        $57,500 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


        Position will be at rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.


        Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state income tax.

        Application Process

        To apply for this position, please submit the following information to libjobs@uw.edu:

          • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
          • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
          • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
          • Please use "Librarian Application: “Coordinator, East Asia Library Technical Services/Chinese Cataloger” in the subject heading
          • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs


            Application Deadline

            To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, April 20, 2018.

            University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu
            The East Asia Library Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu/east-asia/

            The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

            In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

            For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libjobs@uw.edu.